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U2 ‘The Joshua Tree’ 30th!

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U2 have revealed that they will be touring their landmark album ‘The Joshua Tree’ this year to mark the LP’s 30th anniversary. The four-piece shared a recent video on Facebook over the festive period in which they confirmed plans to tour the 1987 record. They also revealed that their new album ‘Songs Of Experience’ will be released later this year  including a stop at Bonnaroo. The festival slot will mark the group’s first-ever headlining set at an U.S. festival. The tour – which features Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic rotating as opening acts – kicks off May 12th at BC Place in Vancouver and wraps up July 1st at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland before heading over to Europe for a run of eight shows with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Tickets for the U.S. shows (which will have general admission seating on the field and reserved seats in the stands) will go on sale Tuesday, January 17th.

U2 Joshua Tree Tour Dates

May 12 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place*
May 14 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field*
May 17 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium*
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl**
May 24 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium**
May 26 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium**
June 3 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field**
June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field**
June 11 – Miami, Fl @ Hard Rock Stadium***
June 14 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium***
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field**
June 20 – Washington, DC @ FedExField**
June 23 – Toronto, ONT @ Rogers Centre**
June 25 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium**
June 28 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium**
June 1 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium***

*With Mumford & Sons
**With The Lumineers
***With OneRepublic

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Noel Gallagher said “It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth” This summer Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will join U2 as special guests on their Joshua Tree Tour, playing 8 venues across the UK and Europe. Tickets go on sale Monday January the 16th at 9am local time here: www.livenation.com // http://www.u2.com/
NGHFB’s will perform at:
July 8 London Twickenham Stadium
July 12 Berlin Olympic Stadium
July 15 Rome Olympic Stadium
July 18 Barcelona Olympic Stadium
July 22 Dublin Croke Park
July 25 Paris Stade de France
July 29 Amsterdam Amsterdam Arena
August 1 Brussels Stade Roi Baudouin

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“Next year [2017] is going to be a big year for the U2 group. We have ‘Songs Of Experience’ coming, and to honour 30 years of ‘The Joshua Tree’, we have some very, very special shows coming,” Bono added. The idea to take The Joshua Tree on tour came last year when U2 were putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. “The election happened and suddenly the world changed,” says Edge. “We just went, ‘We’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.'”

The band noticed the parallels between the worldwide political situation that gave rise to The Joshua Tree in 1987 and today. As a result, taking it on tour would give them time to re-think the new album. “[The Joshua Tree] was written in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics,” says the guitarist. “It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’ We needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about [it] one more time before putting it out; just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say.” Bono shared his thoughts on the tour in a statement. “Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years,” he said. “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current: love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization … all the greats. I’ve sung some of these songs a lot … but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are … it’s gonna be a great night.”

It will be the first time the band have performed a retrospective album tour. Further details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.U2 have been working on the follow-up to their 2014 LP ‘Songs Of Innocence’ over the last year, with guitarist The Edge recently revealing that they have more than 50 songs for ‘Songs Of Experience’.

Bono previously said: “It’s not finished yet but you will like it. In terms of lyrics it is stronger than [1983 album] ‘War’, it has more clarity”. The Edge previously compared the new album to the band’s 1993 record ‘Zooropa’. “producer (Brian Eno) would love to see us making albums a bit more like that. Where we go, ‘You know what? We’re not going to second-guess any of this. Let’s just go for it.’ I think there’s a quality you get when there’s a certain momentum to the process,” he added.

Bono also revealed that the bike accident he suffered in New York around the turn of 2014/2015 has actually helped him with the record.“The gift of it was that I had time to write while in the mentality that you get to at the end of an album,” he explained. “There is a reason why all the great groups made their best albums while in and around touring, because the ideas have to come out of your head.”

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Read What The Edge has Said Here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-edge-breaks-down-u2s-upcoming-joshua-tree-tour-w459473

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